I’m on my knees, sporting a yellow decontamination robe that has already torn on the proper forearm and left wrist. I hearken to rhonchi within the lungs of an overweight febrile man, who possible aspirated on the brown emesis he threw up on himself. The condo is dim, and smells closely of cigarettes and urine. There is no such thing as a bulb within the overhead gentle and the shades are pulled. Mud rises up from the thick carpet that has possible by no means seen a vacuum cleaner. My face masks has fogged as much as the purpose I can barely see the blood stress gauge file 70 one thing systolic. The person’s SAT is 88%. The visiting nurse doesn’t know something about him past what she will learn on her laptop computer. It says, he had a COVID take a look at three months in the past that was unfavorable, she says. He’s in no form to reply any of my questions, foremost amongst them, does he hang around with or share an aide with the man on the 2nd ground who’s within the ICU with COVID pneumonia.
When the ambulance crew arrives there isn’t a room to get the stretcher in. I now have a nonrebreather on the affected person, who’s SAT is 87%. I hear a stomach sound and rapidly transfer the masks off his face as he throws up brown moist vomit that once more runs down his stained shirt.
To get him up, we have now to roll him onto a shower blanket after which blanket-carry him out to the hallway the place the stretcher is in a low place. It takes 4 of us to do the carry he’s so giant. I’ve to face on the mattress to get leverage. He vomits once more on the way in which to the hospital. I maintain again a sympathy puke. I need to take my face protect off however I really feel like I’m in COVID mosquito cloud, and if I take any safety off — irrespective of how uncomfortable, I’m completed for.
On the hospital dispatch provides us further time to decon earlier than we get again on the street once more.
Strolling out of the ED, I see two new stretchers are available with sufferers on oxygen and the crews in full decontamination robes.
If that is the beginning of the scary second wave, then It’s going to be a protracted fall into winter..